Tide defeats Montevallo in Exhibition

The Alabama Crimson Tide basketball team defeated the Montevallo Falcons 81-72 at Coleman Coliseum Saturday evening in an exhibition game.

The Falcons, playing the Tide for the first time, were able to stay within striking distance for most of the game but eventually gave way to Alabama's stingy defense.

"Let me just open up and say that although Montevallo is a Division II basketball team, they are a very good basketball team. They are well-coached; extremely well-coached. And they've got two Division II All-Americans on their team. So when we scheduled Montevallo, we knew that we'd have our hands full," said Alabama coach Mark Gottfried.

After missing practice earlier in the week with tendonitis in his knee, point guard Ronald Steele did not play in the exhibition game.

"Playing without Ron, in a way, was good for our team. It's what we needed. So we learned we have a lot of areas where we've got to get better. I think was good for some of these young guys. People forget how young of a basketball team we are. It's good for some of these young guys to get in those situations early, with the time and the score and how important a possession is at a certain point in the game. I feel like overall, there were some good things in the game tonight."

Montevallo was able to keep the game fairly close during the first half, catching up and tying Alabama at 14-14 before the Tide went on a 13-0 run at the 11:33 mark to lead 27-14 before Montevallo broke the scoring streak. The Falcons ended their scoring drought after Montevallo's Grant Urbanski hit a three point field goal at the 6:38 mark.

The Tide maintained a double digit lead over the Falcons until Montevallo guard Greg Brown capitalized off an Alabama turnover, making the score 36-27. The Tide went into halftime with a 38-29 lead over the Falcons.

In the second half, Montevallo was able to tie the game at the 17:12 mark after Brown hit a three point field goal, making the score 41-41. After reaching that point, the Falcons were unable to overtake the Tide for the remainder of the game.

Alabama was led in scoring by sophomore forward Richard Hendrix, who recorded a double double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. He was 8 of 11 from the field. Alonzo Gee was the Tide's second leading scorer, contributing 17 points and going 6- for- 7 from the free throw line. All-Southeastern Conference center Jermareo Davidson had 14 points and 12 rebounds. JUCO transfer Mykal Riley, who made his first career start, added 10 points going 3-for- 8 from the field.

Montevallo was led in scoring by Greg Brown, who contributed 24 points hitting 3-out of -9 three point field goals.

"Those big guys are tough down there," Brown said. "It's pretty tough to shoot over a 6'10 athletic guy, but I think it was a good game for us and I think that we definitely improved."

All-American Marcus Kennedy was the Falcons second leading scorer, contributing 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Crimson Tide will officially open the season on Friday, November 10 against Jackson State. Tip off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum.

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